GAME 1 PREVIEW: Mets at Pirates, 7:10 PM

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Dillon Gee (6-0, 3.33 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, 1.95 K/BB): Gee has been everything and more to the Mets in 2011. Six wins aside, he’s stepped-in for Chris Young, and pitched well-above replacement level. Also, if you take out his relief appearances, Gee has an even more sparkling 2.90 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, and 2.06 K/BB on the season. It’s unrealistic to think he’ll remain loss-less, but it is realistic to think he’ll become a reliable starter. (Career vs. Pirates: .208/.269/.313 line with a 2.08 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, 2.75 K/BB)

Charlie Morton (6-2, 2.52 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, 1.35 K/BB): Very few people expected Morton to pitch as well as he has so far in 2011. I’m confident Charlie Morton is part of that big group who is surprised. However, despite how Greg Maddux-esq his ERA looks, his bad control (3.7 BB/9) and even less impressive strikeout ability (5.0 K/9) will surely evolve as his inevitable Achilles heal. The Mets also ate Morton up on May 30, collecting eleven hits and three runs (one earned). (Career vs. Mets: .314/.407/.333 line with a 2.08 ERA, 1.76 WHIP, 0.86 K/BB)


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